Confluence Overlook

Moab, Utah

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The confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers divide Canyonlands National Park into three districts: Island in the Sky to the north, the Maze to the west, and the Needles to the southeast. The Colorado and Green themselves comprise a fourth district called the Rivers. This route leads to a rimmed-side view of the districts’ intersection. The Needles District is a jumble of colorful rock formations eroded into a startling and diverse landscape of spires, arches, canyons, and valleys. The contrasting names of formations reflect the diversity of the land itself: Devils Kitchen and Angels Landing; Elephant Hill and Caterpillar Arch; Gothic Arch and Paul Bunyan’s Potty. The route to the Confluence Overlook follows long, grassy valleys separated by fluted ridges. This route, like many of the hiking trails that lead to more remote reaches, rewards the adventurer with geologic wonders that border surrealism. Newspaper Rock State Park, passed along the paved Needles access road, is an added bonus. Both ancient and modern Indian tribes etched petroglyphs on a tarnished sandstone alcove.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

The confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers divide Canyonlands National Park into three districts: Island in the Sky to the north, the Maze to the west, and the Needles to the southeast. The Colorado and Green themselves comprise a fourth district called the Rivers. This route leads to a rimmed-side view of the districts’ intersection. The Needles District is a jumble of colorful rock formations eroded into a startling and diverse landscape of spires, arches, canyons, and valleys.

The contrasting names of formations reflect the diversity of the land itself: Devils Kitchen and Angels Landing; Elephant Hill and Caterpillar Arch; Gothic Arch and Paul Bunyan’s Potty. The route to the Confluence Overlook follows long, grassy valleys separated by fluted ridges. This route, like many of the hiking trails that lead to more remote reaches, rewards the adventurer with geologic wonders that border surrealism. Newspaper Rock State Park, passed along the paved Needles access road, is an added bonus. Both ancient and modern Indian tribes etched petroglyphs on a tarnished sandstone alcove.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Spring (March into June) and Fall (September into November)
Trailhead Elevation: 5,200 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park, Needles District, 435-259-4711
Local Maps: USGS: Druid Arch, Spanish Bottom, and The Loop
Driving Directions: Directions to Confluence Overlook

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